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Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny

Religious Speeches Transcending Gender

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Elizabeth W. McLaughlin

This book collection is a celebration of women who speak truth to power in the public square. A perfect fit for undergraduate students of rhetoric, gender, religion and history, Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny showcases the speech texts of 14 women addressing societal issues from the values of their religious beliefs and discourse communities. Between the tensions of the duty of gender roles and human destiny, these global voices representing different time periods and religions address the thematic issues of faith, society, education, reform, freedom and peacemaking. Written in clear, straightforward language, students will directly encounter the words and voices of leaders who strive to make the world better for all in the quest for human dignity. Each speaker seeks to forward the transcendent value of human freedom as reinforced by her explicit references to the divine. This collection is appropriate for 200-400 level undergraduate classes and offers a broad sampling of women who speak in the public square.

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Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny

“This book is inspiring and empowering for all women who struggle with the tension to uphold gendered, religious expectations and to pursue a calling to speak their convictions. The 14 remarkable women discussed in this brilliant book represent a wide range of faith traditions and demonstrate how women can reconcile this tension and thereby make immeasurable contributions to society, serving as exemplars for how we too can simultaneously fulfill our duty and our destiny.”—DIANE M. BADZINSKI, PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION, COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY “Kudos for a fresh collection of influential women’s rhetoric! Elizabeth W. McLaughlin’s book demonstrates the motivating power religious commitment has for shaping passionate speech. Her approach listens respectfully to the whole person in context, and she uses the narrative paradigm as a way of organizing her thoughts on women’s religiously framed public address. The tension between duty and destiny, freedom and religious constraints pulls on the reader but is held together by the author’s deep respect for women as image bearers of God. A worthy read!”—ANNALEE R. WARD, DIRECTOR OF THE WENDT CENTER FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION AND PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION, UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE “Elizabeth W. McLaughlin’s chosen speech artifacts deftly illustrate the push/pull tension of women extending our voices in championing peace, kindness, education, and spirituality all within the narrative space of women’s positions in discursive communities. The topically arranged speeches in this volume bring forth the boundaries women are continually navigating regarding...

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